Summer is in full swing with all of the fun picnics, festivals, and barbeques. Returning to school may not seem like a priority right now, but soon enough, the back-to-school frenzy will begin come August. As average households typically spend hundreds of dollars on clothes, supplies, and materials for the new school year, these items can quickly add up to affect your monthly budget.


As a state legislator, I am committed to putting more money back into the pockets of Ohioans and promoting economic growth for our state. A free market economy is effective and efficient, with the marketplace driving competitiveness instead of burdensome government mandates posing unnecessary challenges to businesses. A bigger government with a more extensive reach often prevents a state’s economy from growing to its fullest potential.


In this vein, I was proud to support the state legislature’s recent passage of Senate Bill 9, which continues the annual sales tax holiday during the first weekend of August. On August 4, 5, and 6 of this year, the purchase of clothing, school supplies, and instructional materials will be exempt from sales and use taxation. Items of clothing are given a limit of up to $75 each while school supplies and materials have a limit of $20 each.


Ohio’s sales tax holiday is a win-win for both our families and our economy. The Economic Center of the University of Cincinnati reports that during the 2015 sales tax holiday, consumers saw a savings of approximately $3.3 million in taxes. This is hard-earned money that Ohioans can keep and use to reinvest in the state in various ways. In addition, overall retail sales have been known to increase during the month of August as a result of the sales tax holiday.


The process of shopping for back-to-school items can be daunting and costly. Thanks to Senate Bill 9, families across Ohio can benefit from cost savings on many necessities for the new school year. As your state representative, I am always working to support responsible policies that do the double duty of helping Ohioans and growing our economy. Make sure you take part in the sales tax holiday during the first weekend of August, and I wish everyone all the best as we soon make our way back into the classrooms.

 
 
 
  
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Engineering Bill Sponsored By Rep. Blessing To Go To The Governor

 
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State Representative Louis Blessing (R-Colerain Township) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives concurred with the Ohio Senate’s changes to House Bill 202, legislation that he originally sponsored.